A TDF Autism Friendly Performance
See this new Broadway musical starring a cast of autistic young adults
111 West 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
New York City
Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 1 p.m.
Limit eight tickets per order. Wheelchair tickets will also be available for purchase online.
This is a special performance for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities who may benefit, not for the general public.
You do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets.
Age recommendation: 6 and older. Children under age 4 will not be admitted.
Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
About the show: Based on the award-winning HBO documentary of the same name, How to Dance in Ohio is a brand-new Broadway musical exploring the need to connect and the courage it takes to step out into the world. At a group counseling center in Columbus, Ohio, seven autistic young adults—all played by autistic actors—prepare for a spring formal dance, a rite of passage that breaks open their routines and sets off hilarious and heartbreaking encounters with love, stress, excitement and independence. How to Dance in Ohio is a story about people standing on the cusp of the next phase of their lives, facing their hopes and fears, ready to make a very big first move... and dance.
Accessibility: Infrared assisted listening devices and neck induction (t-coil) loop receivers are available to borrow at the Shubert Audience Services kiosk. Reservations are strongly recommended. The main entrance has two small steps. The side entrance has no steps. To use the side entrance, please alert theatre staff upon arrival. There are no elevators or escalators in this theatre. There is a wheelchair accessible restroom on the orchestra level.
COVID-19 safety information: Masks are optional but encouraged. Children under age 4 will not be admitted. Seating will be at full capacity, no physically distanced seating available.
What makes the performance autism-friendly?
To create an autism-friendly event, the show is performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory sensitivities, communication challenges and/or learning disabilities. Slight adjustments to lighting and sound are made for the performance. There will be break areas staffed by specialists in the field in the mezzanine and downstairs theatre lobby in case any theatregoers need to leave their seats during the show. A downloadable Event Narrative with pictures of the theatre and the production will be available on this page, along with a Character Guide, a Logistics Guide and additional resources.
For additional How to Dance in Ohio resources, including an in-theatre sensory advisory guide and accessibility offerings, visit the show's official website.
We can make no assurances that this performance will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their children’s viewing and engagement with the performance.
TDF wishes to acknowledge the following donors for their generous support of TDF Autism Friendly Performances:
Anonymous, Darlene and Stuart Altschuler, Theodore H. Barth Foundation, Harry S. Black & Allon Fuller Fund, The FAR Fund, Howard Gilman Foundation, O'Melveny, Seventh District Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Smart Family Foundation of New York, The Taft Foundation, Ronald and Catherine Weiss in honor of Joseph Flom
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council's Committee on Mental Health, Disability, and Addictions. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.